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School in the News | August 8, 2011
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The Remedial Ph.D.

Inside Higher Ed | August 05, 2011
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Europe's problem

Investors Chronicle | August 05, 2011
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New Republic: Ceiling Up, Global Stocks Down

National Public Radio | August 05, 2011
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What Do I Love Lucy & Star Trek Have In Common?

Neatorama | August 05, 2011
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Along with Lack of Jobs, A Wage Problem

U.S.News & World Report (AP) | August 05, 2011
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After war: Reconstruct

Boston.com | August 04, 2011
"A new kind of reconstruction aid is needed." MIT's John Tirman wrote this piece about US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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New England gets new Army Corps of Engineers chief

Boston.com | July 29, 2011
"The New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a new commander...Col. Charles Samaris is a Methuen native whose most recent assignment was as the Senior Service College Fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Security Studies Program." This piece originated with AP and ran in multiple outlets including the Boston Herald.
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Jonathan Tucker, 56, biological and chemical weapons expert - The Boston Globe

Boston Globe Blogs | August 05, 2011
"(MIT alum) Jonathan B. Tucker, one of the country’s foremost experts on biological and chemical weapons and an influential nonproliferation advocate, was found dead Sunday at his home in Washington." This piece originated with the Washington Post.
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The Art of Giving

Business | August 03, 2011
"But trust alone does not seem to work for Abhijit Banerjee, co-founder MIT-JPAL, who puts his faith in solid data. Armed with graphs and bar charts, Banerjee said that looking at philanthropy as an outsider provides an entirely new perspective. And intuition is really not good enough. Measurement is."
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An early retirement from academia: breaking away from MIT

Guardian Blogs | August 03, 2011
"Samuel Jay Keyser is professor emeritus, special assistant to the chancellor at MIT and author of Mens et Mania: The MIT Nobody Knows." He penned this piece about the end game for "academics who have built their entire lives around an institution."
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Universities Form New Open Access Policy Group

ResourceBlog | August 03, 2011
"Kansas and 21 other universities and colleges announced that they’re joining forces to form the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, or Coapi. The new group will 'collaborate and share implementation strategies, and advocate on a national level,' it said in a statement. The group’s members so far include Arizona State, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Oregon State, Stanford, and Trinity universities as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oberlin College."
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Teaching Scientific Thinking and Encouraging Creativity with Astrobiology

Scientific American - Blog | August 01, 2011
The author of this piece about astrobiology, Jordan Calmes, is a student at the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing.
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We Can't Teach Students to Love Reading

The Chronicle of Higher Education | July 31, 2011
"Serious "deep attention" reading has always been and will always be a minority pursuit, a fact that has been obscured in the past half-century, especially in the United States, by the dramatic increase in the percentage of the population attending college, and by the idea (only about 150 years old) that modern literature in vernacular languages should be taught at the university level." MIT graduate student Shreeharsh Kelkar is briefly quoted.
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Bad Economics: Lack of Diversity Limits Clear View

The Huffington Post | August 03, 2011
"The narrowness tends to be self-reinforcing: Minority participants feel pressure to show they belong by conforming to the operative assumptions of the majority, avoiding subjects of inquiry that risk outing themselves as different. Malveaux, the Bennett College president, recalled that as a graduate student at M.I.T., she grasped an unspoken directive for minority economists to avoid digging in to questions that touched on the racial divide, lest they be seen by their peers as something other than dispassionate social scientists."
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Facebook and the “Close” Factor

Business 2 Community | July 30, 2011
"These findings counter a flood of recent stories about social networks and isolation. In her new book 'Alone Together,' Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Sherry Turkle warns us that: 'Social networks are more like mutual isolation networks that detach people from meaningful interactions with one another and make them less human.'”
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Teen celebs Rebecca Black and others rely on social networking to share angst

Huliq | July 30, 2011
"Professor Sherry Turkle, who has studied how technology impacts health at the prestigious MIT for the past 30 years, writes in her new book 'Alone Together' that back in the 1980’s human relationships with computers were always 'one-on-one, a person alone with a machine.' But, in the 1990s, this was no longer the case."
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Sherry Turkle: 'Alone Together'

Kuow 94.9 FM | August 03, 2011
"Technology brings us closer together — and it brings us more isolation. That's according to MIT professor Sherry Turkle."
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